"There are essentially two forces that motivate people: Self-interest and
Fear." To support my argument, I offer the following:
Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines
motivation as a force or influence,
Incentive, drive. Self-interest; ones own interest or advantage. For the United States, it is good that we are generous in foreign aid. It’s a concern for one’s own
advantage and well being as in acting out of concern and fear. Fear is
defined as an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or
awareness of danger. Southern slaves knew that ‘Yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am,
no ma’am’ would guarantee they would see the sunset and the sunrise.
Self-interest and fear combined to motivate Caesar and Pilot. Both knew that
their reign was in danger if they didn’t move fast to rid themselves of a
potential new ruler of Rome. Caesar, however, stepped out of the picture
because this was a very touchy situation and turned to Pilot who in the end
gave the people the power to decide the punishment.
Tipper Gore spearheaded a congressional
committee to lobby for the labeling of recorded music that had been deemed
profane, objectionable, insulting, or offensive. Her self-interest to do so
enabled her to receive contributions to lobby for similar actions and for
future speaking engagements for a long time to come. Many recording artists
appeared before this committee as they stood to lose millions of dollars in
the loss of sales if an outlet refused to stock their music. John Denver
appeared and was quoted to say he was opposed to any sort of labeling as this
is tantamount to censorship’. His
music had been pulled from the shelves of many music and department stores
and removed from the play-lists of radio stations. His song "Rocky Mountain
High" was judged it promoted drug usage.
Self-interest to better myself motivated me to
enlist in the Air Force, and retire after serving more than my fair share.
I’m still motivated to look after myself, which is why I’m going for my
The inventor of the Gardens Weasel and Claw is
rich because he produced a gardening tool that alleviated stress on his lower
back. Millions of people have benefited from its use.
The prophet Muhammad used fear and his own
interest to spread his teachings. He would band with other tribes to
establish an alliance that protected his tribe from attack from opposing
forces. Which in turn allowed him to increase his own numbers when it was his
turn to attack, as it often was the case.
The Discovery Channel featured a segment on the
‘Mystery of Oak Island’. While I don’t remember where it’s located, it seems
that a treasure chest had been buried in a sinkhole on the island hundreds of
years ago. The lure of untold riches motivated many to find it. Six people
have died trying to solve the mystery including the young son of one of
leaders of the many expedition teams throughout the years. Who ever had
buried it wanted to ensure the chest was there when they would return to
retrieve it. They constructed series of shafts from wood starting at the
beach that angled underwater to the sinkhole shaft to a depth of one hundred
feet. When excavators reached that point the sinkhole shaft would flood. This
was the cause of many of the deaths mentioned. Even
today there is a team of treasure hunters using the most modern means
possible to solve the mystery and become rich and for fifteen minutes be very
Fear. That which is controlled by evil is
destined to fail. But the fear that was controlled by Mann Dhinga, working at
the World Trade Center did not fail him. He was burned over forty percent of
his body but still managed to walk down eighty-three flights of stairs to
Todd Beamer and his companions on United
Airlines Flight ninety-three confronted the terrorists who had hijacked them
when they learned what had occurred with the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. They were able to save countless numbers of lives by crashing the
plane in an unoccupied area.
A woman in a restaurant in Calhoun Georgia overheard a conversation that she felt was being held by those who seemed intent on placing
bombs where they would do the most damage to America. When they left, in two
cars, their descriptions were recorded as well as the license plate numbers
of their cars. Law Enforcement agencies from Georgia to Florida joined the
search that led to their capture.
In conclusion, the examples cited support my
agreement. To those in disagreement it would be in your interest to offer
more compelling reasons to the contrary.